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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 28, 2010 8:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH Cape Cod

Cape Cod Coliseum, 1979, the best 2-night run I ever saw!! Even though this show gets overshadowed by it's famous predecessor the night before, it is a great show in itself.

From the opening licks of Half Step> Franklin's (all 32 minutes of it) to the last notes this show just rocks.

1st set opens with my personal favorite Half Step ever, Phil just drives the jam. The whole Althea, Passenger (another favorite version), Ramble On, TMNS is great and TMNS just seems to go on forever.

Set 2 features a very nice and long China Cat>Rider a good Ship and a 19 minute Playin' that will satisfy any Head. After drums, while short, is greatly played with a pretty Space>Stella as the centerpiece.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-10-28.sbd.miller.105434.flac16

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 28, 2010 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

You lucky duck. Did you see any of the others that week? What a nice run. 10/31 is no slouch, either! Haven't heard a lot of the November shows, but later that fall, 11/24 is another one I really like. I don't know if '79 is "underrated" or if I just respond to it because of early imprinting or whatever, but darn, there's some good stuff from that year.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 28, 2010 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

I was living in Burlington VT at the time and saw a good chunk of the fall tour that year. In addition to the Cape Cod shows, I was lucky enough to see the Glen Falls Show, 8/31, Rochester, 9/1, Augusta Me, 9/2 the 3 MSG shows 9/4,5,6, Springfield, Mass. 10/24, New Haven 10/25 and the Nassau shows, 10/31, 11/1,2 that fall.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 28, 2010 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

I am duly impressed. I was dutifully attending classes. Though I did change my major so the requirements wouldn't get in the way of the December shows. (Hey, what can you do when they hand out a syllabus that's so highly inconvenient?)

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 28, 2010 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

LOL, I know what you mean. In 1981, a couple of buddies and I scheduled our classes for Tues and Thurs only so we could get away for weekend shows. We would leave Thurs evening to get to Friday night shows and return on Monday. This was in Boulder, Co. so we were able to get to any weekend shows west of the Mississippi (mostly west coast). It was tough during the week (12 credits, 4 classes per semster), but we had some wonderful weekends. That only lasted a year though, it was pretty hard.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 28, 2010 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

That is impressive - my best friend & I were seniors in high school and Augusta was our first show (really my second but I don't count UMass because I didn't get it) - and also where we first encountered your magical namesake! Then we did Springfield, Cape Cod and Providence and were duly hooked.

I have such vivid memories of the 1979 shows that I saw, and also many from 1981 and 1982, but 1980 - except for the Halloween simulcast which I watched at the Orpheum in Boston - is a completely undifferentiated blur.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 28, 2010 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH Cape Cod

Excellent choice! 'nuff said.